Welcoming the Slippery Rock community and students alike, Big Shot Bob’s replaced Nico’s, opening at the corner of Maltby and South Main Street.
The “Home of the soldier and the best wings in Pittsburgh” opened on Aug. 12 before students crowded Slippery Rock’s campus for take out, delivery and dine in.
Although specialty items may vary by location, the menu consists of a large variety of boneless and bone-in wings, burgers and sandwiches, hoagies, pizza and a variety of sides.
The restaurant started in 2007 and Kyle Pawuk, one of the owners of Slippery Rock’s Big Shot Bob’s, was one of the first employees to work for them.
The establishment has grown since 2007 and now has about 30 other locations combined in Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Ohio, with plans to move to Florida and Las Vegas.
Pawuk also owns the Butler location with his brother and partner after previously owning a location in Sharpsburg.
Big Shot Bob’s has a location on West Virginia University’s campus and believed that the college atmosphere was a good location factor.
“College and wings go together pretty well,” Pawuk said.
The Slippery Rock community extended a warm welcome to the new restaurant and filed in to eat before school started, according to Pawuk.
“Everyone has been supportive,” Pawuk said. “The community is the staple point. When the kids go home, the community will still be here.”
With locations surrounding Slippery Rock in New Castle, Ellwood City and one coming to Shenango, Pawuk said that right nowthey are focusing on running the business.
“Every time you open a new business you have to work out logistics, especially with a bigger dining area than we usually have,” Pawuk said.
In the Butler location that Pawuk owns there is no seating.
If students or community members don’t want to eat in, they can take out as well. Big Shot Bob’s delivers all around town, from 11 a.m to 11 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
“A lot of kids on campus don’t even know about us yet,” Pawuk said. “We do deliver on campus to every dorm and to apartments such as the Grove and Ivy.”
Pawuk said that himself along with the Big Shot Bob’s establishment is happy with the welcome they have received in Slippery Rock and are happy to be a part of the community.